Zebrawood vs Rosewood

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Zebrawood vs Rosewood

Postby sensizsarki » Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:36 am

How would you compare the sound of Zebrawood to a Rosewood fingerboard?

I love how Zebrawood looks, yet I will be going for a prs-esque vintage-hot sound, not sure if I should go with the safer choice (which is rosewood)?

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Re: Zebrawood vs Rosewood

Postby Doctor Turn » Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:42 pm

What's the body going to be made of?

Zebra supposedly very maply in tone, very heavy and dense. Rosewood has that classic smoky blurred attack. If you want a more modern sound I'd go zebra. If more of an oozey sort of slurred vintage tone, rosewood.

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Re: Zebrawood vs Rosewood

Postby arahobob » Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:01 pm

I've had both on similar Kiesel guitars - zero difference for me.
Zebrawood does have a mapley vibe to it - i'd definitely agree.

I come from the camp of selecting fingerboards based on build aesthetics so YMMV.
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Re: Zebrawood vs Rosewood

Postby Coda » Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:51 am

I have rosewood on my bolt, another bolt with ebony, and two guitars with zebra boards, an scb7 and a vader7. The zebra feels more similar in hardness and slippery-ness to the ebony. The rosewood feels a smidge more giving. As far as sound goes, all three woods make me sound equally mediocre. I say go for the look you want.
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